Definition of breathing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbriːðɪŋ/


1 [mass noun] The process of taking air into and expelling it from the lungs: his breathing was shallow
More example sentences
  • Over time, one can replace shallow breathing with deeper breathing without having to consciously focus on it.
  • This causes large bursts of breath followed by periods of shallow breathing or stopped breathing.
  • It deals with the physiological process of breathing and with the management of energy in the body.
2A sign in Greek (῾ or ᾿) indicating the presence of an aspirate (rough breathing) or the absence of an aspirate (smooth breathing) at the beginning of a word.
Example sentences
  • Greek was very like Latin with the added burden of a new alphabet to learn, with breathings and subscripts.
  • The digraph in GREEK derived words with rough breathing: rhapsody, rhetoric, rhinoceros.
  • Pay careful attention to the Greek letters as you read, and make sure you can identify the smooth breathings.

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